An exciting new chapter could be opening for Twyford Library, as proposals progress to develop a new facility at the Old Polehampton Boys School which is located in the heart of the village. As part of wider regeneration plans for the borough, Wokingham Borough Council is signalling its commitment to bring a new library to life for local residents to enjoy.
The Council will work in partnership with local charity, The Polehampton Trust, who own the building to develop the new library. The Trust originally received planning permission to change the old school building back in 2016, but despite some hugely successful fundraising activities, the development was shelved during to insufficient funding.
Now, the Council is working hard to turn the page and make the ambition of a new community hub a reality, a move much welcomed by the Trust and local residents, as it gives a new lease of life to both The Old Polehampton Boys School and the current library provisions.
Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: “Libraries are often at the heart of communities, providing families and local residents with everything from loan books, to blue bags, to children’s activities and even free computer access. The services that our local libraries provide are invaluable to many people and it’s therefore paramount that these provisions remain on offer.”
Cllr Charlotte Haitham Taylor, executive member for regeneration, said: “As our borough grows, we’re committed to regenerating villages and towns across our area – not just the Wokingham Town centre. Twyford’s current library welcomes around 18,000 visitors a year and is the main community facility available for families, the elderly and local people living in the northern parishes.
Given the vital services that Twyford Library currently provides, it’s incredibly important that we plan for the future and ensure that our provision stays fit for purpose for years to come. If that means developing a new site, we’re dedicated to bringing this ambition to life for our residents.”
A detailed proposal for the new library will be reviewed at the Executive meeting later in the year.